Irish goats cheese set to go international

A small local goat’s cheese manufacturer in Northern Ireland has won a major contract with one of the UK’s biggest food wholesalers which could see its products appearing in restaurants and hotels all over the country.

Wholesaler 3663 provides supplies to a variety of companies in the UK and Ireland, and now Fivemiletown Creamery’s own goat’s cheese is appearing in their catalogue.

The business development manager at Fivemiletown, Owen Jones, was delighted that the company had secured the contract, saying that the deal will see the Creamery’s quality products marketed to hundreds of organisations across the country; organisations which the firm could never have hoped to reach on their own. He added that 3663 will bring the Creamery’s unique product to the attention of more potential customers, hopefully leading to an increase in both production and sales.

Fivemiletown’s unusual goat’s cheese sees the original product rolled into a ball which is then marinated in garlic oil. The Creamery currently employs 90 local people and produces a number of other soft cheeses with milk obtained from farmers across the whole of Ireland. This small operation will now be marketed to the 60,000 companies which buy their wholesale products from 3663.

One of 3663’s buyers, John Nelson, said that including the Fivemiletown product in their catalogue was a natural choice, as the company has a commitment to finding the best regional products for their customers – and the Creamery has already won several international awards. He added that he expected the distinctive cheese to be a big hit with 3663’s customers over the next few months and years.